PLEASE THINK AGAIN, COUNCIL

Written on the 29 September 2017 by Kevin Conolly

"Blacktown Council needs to think again about its decision to rename part of Rouse Hill," said Kevin Conolly, Member for Riverstone.

"Not only have they chosen to ignore history in their choice of a name for the area to be removed from Rouse Hill, but they have undermined their own rationale by adding other areas to Rouse Hill at the same time.

"Council claims that the suburb will be too big, so they have to reduce it in size.

"Yet at their meeting last Wednesday, Council increased the size of the suburb by adding Stages 2 and 3 of the Riverstone East precinct to it.

"This flies in the face of common sense."

The report to the council about the public consultation showed a strong preference among residents of the Cudgegong Road, Macquarie Road and Tallawong Road areas to remain part of Rouse Hill. Many comments also said that, if a name change was unavoidable, they would prefer a new name which preserved the historic link with the Rouse family property which gave the suburb its current name.

Alternative suggestions such as "Rouse Farm", "Tallawong" and "Cudgegong Rise" had been made.

Yet Council, which had originally sought to call the area "Whitlam Heights" has decided now to name it "Wran", a name which was not even on the consultation short list for the Rouse Hill area.

"Rouse Hill is one of the oldest settled areas in Western Sydney. Its history should be respected through the choice of a name which retains a connection with that early settlement.

"I call on Mayor Bail to listen to the local residents and put the decision on hold.

"A better outcome can be achieved if the Mayor and councillors are prepared to listen."


Author: Kevin Conolly

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